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Melissa Marie Photography

Palatine , IL
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Palatine, IL 60067 US (map)

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708-297-4772

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There's one thing you should know about me before you hire me to shoot your wedding...I might cry. Despite my best efforts I have to admit I've cried a few times. Okay... a lot of... Read more
There's one thing you should know about me before you hire me to shoot your wedding...I might cry. Despite my best efforts I have to admit I've cried a few times. Okay... a lot of times...Whether it's the way the dad looks at his little girl in her wedding dress for the first time, or the way the strength of a groom melts into tears as he watches the love of his life walking down the aisle, there's just certain couples whose love and pure joy at the culmination of waiting for that perfect someone pours out and captivates everyone at the wedding...and I get sucked in. I can't help it. I shoot with my heart... and if you're one of those couples I've described above- I want to shoot your wedding. From laughs, to tears of joy, I want to be there... Capturing every moment. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What photography services do you offer?
2nd Shooter, Add'l Hours, Custom Graphics, Engagement Shoot, High-Res, Liability Insurance, Multi. Locations, One Event/Day, Trash The Dress
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Canvas, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Matted Prints, Prints, Save the Date, Thank You Cards

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Anonymous
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Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Melissa Marie Photography is ABSOLUTELY amazing! I would highly recommend her to everyone! She is kind, sweet, thoughtful, and attentive to your needs! She is wonderful at what she does and captures great pictures! We did both our engagement and wedding pictures with her upon a friend's recommendation and quite frankly I think it was the easiest and best decision of my wedding. She is professional but fun! She even took bobby pins out of her own hair and put them in mine when I had a few stray hairs! She was wonderful at helping me to remember to take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. I will forever have these amazing photos from an amazing person and photographer. I couldn't have been happier with the services. Nicee, her co-photographer was also super kind and did great job capturing my groom's day!!!!! I think she should get extra credit for putting up with him and his groomsman:)
Melissa Marie Photography is ABSOLUTELY amazing! I would highly recommend her to everyone! She is kind, sweet, thoughtful, Read more...
Melissa Marie Photography is ABSOLUTELY amazing! I would highly recommend her to everyone! She is kind, sweet, thoughtful, and attentive to your needs! She is wonderful at what she does and captures great pictures! We did both our engagement and wedding pictures with her upon a friend's recommendation and quite frankly I think it was the easiest and best decision of my wedding. She is professional but fun! She even took bobby pins out of her own hair and put them in mine when I had a few stray hairs! She was wonderful at helping me to remember to take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. I will forever have these amazing photos from an amazing person and photographer. I couldn't have been happier with the services. Nicee, her co-photographer was also super kind and did great job capturing my groom's day!!!!! I think she should get extra credit for putting up with him and his groomsman:) Read less
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Brittany
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
We heard of Melissa Marie Photography because they were listed on our reception location's "recommended vendors" list. I am SO glad we went with them! Melissa Marie herself was not available for our wedding date, however her assistant Nicee was and she was AMAZING! She's cute and fun and works her magic with the camera. They use two cameras to take all of their pictures just on the off chance that one breaks during the shoot. Nicee was getting on all levels to take pictures, laying on the ground, climbing on tables/chairs, everything! She got some amazing shots (and we got A TON of photos)! They give you each shot in color, sepia, and black & white. I told her I like vintage and she delivered! She did our engagement pictures at North Ave Beach in Chicago and we took our wedding pictures at the Chicago Botanic Garden and then at Kemper Lakes Golf Club (where our actual wedding was). We went "off-roading" at our engagement shoot and walked off paths into some amazing wooded areas. We got some great pictures of us in the nature and of us with the amazing Chicago skyline, it was the best of both worlds! I HIGHLY recommend Nicee with Melissa Marie Photography and will be calling them again when we start a family for maternity, baby, and family photos that they do as well!
We heard of Melissa Marie Photography because they were listed on our reception location's "recommended vendors" list. I Read more...
We heard of Melissa Marie Photography because they were listed on our reception location's "recommended vendors" list. I am SO glad we went with them! Melissa Marie herself was not available for our wedding date, however her assistant Nicee was and she was AMAZING! She's cute and fun and works her magic with the camera. They use two cameras to take all of their pictures just on the off chance that one breaks during the shoot. Nicee was getting on all levels to take pictures, laying on the ground, climbing on tables/chairs, everything! She got some amazing shots (and we got A TON of photos)! They give you each shot in color, sepia, and black & white. I told her I like vintage and she delivered! She did our engagement pictures at North Ave Beach in Chicago and we took our wedding pictures at the Chicago Botanic Garden and then at Kemper Lakes Golf Club (where our actual wedding was). We went "off-roading" at our engagement shoot and walked off paths into some amazing wooded areas. We got some great pictures of us in the nature and of us with the amazing Chicago skyline, it was the best of both worlds! I HIGHLY recommend Nicee with Melissa Marie Photography and will be calling them again when we start a family for maternity, baby, and family photos that they do as well! Read less
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Emiko
Wedding:
7/28/2013
5.0/5.0
We instantly knew Melissa was "the one" after meeting with her at Starbucks on a chilly Sunday afternoon. She completely understood what I was talking about when I said I wanted vintage-y artistic photos vs. more traditional realistic pictures, plus she was adorable and easy to talk to. She got to my mom's house early in the morning of our July 28th wedding in the middle of the getting-ready frenzy and immediately jumped into the party, taking amazing shots of my accessories and dress and of the girls getting ready. From there she stayed with us for the entire day, not leaving the reception until the very end of the night and capturing every single moment along the way. Our pictures are absolutely stunning - I may be a little biased, but they are truly beautiful and I will be proudly joining the ranks of "girls who have an entire wall of wedding photos because they just can't choose their favorite." Melissa was fun and easy to work with, a true professional, and she's passionate about her job. Highly, highly recommended!!
We instantly knew Melissa was "the one" after meeting with her at Starbucks on a chilly Sunday afternoon. She completely Read more...
We instantly knew Melissa was "the one" after meeting with her at Starbucks on a chilly Sunday afternoon. She completely understood what I was talking about when I said I wanted vintage-y artistic photos vs. more traditional realistic pictures, plus she was adorable and easy to talk to. She got to my mom's house early in the morning of our July 28th wedding in the middle of the getting-ready frenzy and immediately jumped into the party, taking amazing shots of my accessories and dress and of the girls getting ready. From there she stayed with us for the entire day, not leaving the reception until the very end of the night and capturing every single moment along the way. Our pictures are absolutely stunning - I may be a little biased, but they are truly beautiful and I will be proudly joining the ranks of "girls who have an entire wall of wedding photos because they just can't choose their favorite." Melissa was fun and easy to work with, a true professional, and she's passionate about her job. Highly, highly recommended!! Read less
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BeP13
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough great things about Melissa. From the minute I booked with her I felt at ease with our wedding photography and so happy we choose her for our September 8 wedding. She was beyond helpful in every way. She shot amazing engagement photos for us!! We get non stop compliments. I even made one of the photos into a big canvas and hung it in our living room!! My wedding day was full of craziness and she was like another bridesmaid helping me with everything. My hairstylist unfortunately put my veil in wrong and Melissa came right to my rescue to fix it!!! Every step throughout the day she helped with so much not just our wedding photos. She helped not only put my veil in but helped take it out. Then my dress had a wire poke through in the top of the corset right under the arm. She went and got sissors to cut it out. I cannot thank her enough for everything she helped me with. If I could give her a 10 I would!! She is beyond an amazing photographer!! Nicee also was our second photographer and she too was like another bridesmaid. She was so incredably nice and helpful!! She was more then willing to get right in on the action of the dance floor. My experience with Melissa and Nicee is beyond phenomunal!!! I am so thankful and honored to say they were our wedding photographers!!!
I cannot say enough great things about Melissa. From the minute I booked with her I felt at ease with our wedding Read more...
I cannot say enough great things about Melissa. From the minute I booked with her I felt at ease with our wedding photography and so happy we choose her for our September 8 wedding. She was beyond helpful in every way. She shot amazing engagement photos for us!! We get non stop compliments. I even made one of the photos into a big canvas and hung it in our living room!! My wedding day was full of craziness and she was like another bridesmaid helping me with everything. My hairstylist unfortunately put my veil in wrong and Melissa came right to my rescue to fix it!!! Every step throughout the day she helped with so much not just our wedding photos. She helped not only put my veil in but helped take it out. Then my dress had a wire poke through in the top of the corset right under the arm. She went and got sissors to cut it out. I cannot thank her enough for everything she helped me with. If I could give her a 10 I would!! She is beyond an amazing photographer!! Nicee also was our second photographer and she too was like another bridesmaid. She was so incredably nice and helpful!! She was more then willing to get right in on the action of the dance floor. My experience with Melissa and Nicee is beyond phenomunal!!! I am so thankful and honored to say they were our wedding photographers!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Melissa is great!! She is very helpful, sweet, and most importantly takes awesome pictures!!!!
Melissa is great!! She is very helpful, sweet, and most importantly takes awesome pictures!!!!
Melissa is great!! She is very helpful, sweet, and most importantly takes awesome pictures!!!! Read less
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Robin
Wedding:
8/7/2010
5.0/5.0
Melissa was absolutely wonderful! She felt like my assistant for the day. She makes you feel very comfortable....she felt like part of the family. The pictures she took were beautiful. I was very happy and I am a very particular person when it comes to pictures. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to have beautiful pictures taken by a person who obviously loves her job!
Melissa was absolutely wonderful! She felt like my assistant for the day. She makes you feel very comfortable....she felt Read more...
Melissa was absolutely wonderful! She felt like my assistant for the day. She makes you feel very comfortable....she felt like part of the family. The pictures she took were beautiful. I was very happy and I am a very particular person when it comes to pictures. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to have beautiful pictures taken by a person who obviously loves her job! Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
1/23/2010
5.0/5.0
All I can say is PHENOMENAL!!!! I don’t think the day would have gone as smoothly had Melissa not been there. She kept me calm and answered all my what’s next/is this normal questions… Her experience and professionalism were key in making the day run smoothly. I was so excited to see the pictures that I stalked her blog every day on my honeymoon. And, when we got them (within 1 week of the wedding) they were so much more than what we could have ever expected. Some of them I can hardly believe are me! We're only sad that we do not have enough wall space in our home to hang them all. Thank you so much Melissa. We will recommend you to everyone we know who needs a photographer for their wedding or any other event… you will definitely be seeing us again in the future.
All I can say is PHENOMENAL!!!! I don’t think the day would have gone as smoothly had Melissa not been there. She kept me Read more...
All I can say is PHENOMENAL!!!! I don’t think the day would have gone as smoothly had Melissa not been there. She kept me calm and answered all my what’s next/is this normal questions… Her experience and professionalism were key in making the day run smoothly. I was so excited to see the pictures that I stalked her blog every day on my honeymoon. And, when we got them (within 1 week of the wedding) they were so much more than what we could have ever expected. Some of them I can hardly believe are me! We're only sad that we do not have enough wall space in our home to hang them all. Thank you so much Melissa. We will recommend you to everyone we know who needs a photographer for their wedding or any other event… you will definitely be seeing us again in the future. Read less
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Ketia
Wedding:
11/14/2009
5.0/5.0
From the moment we met Melissa we knew she was the photographer for our November 2009 wedding! She was punctual, organized, flexible and knowledgeable. She put us at ease right away with her calm and cheerful demeanor and we left feeling like we were "people" to her...not just "clients." Over the course of the upcoming months Melissa immediately responded to emails and questions asked of her. She gave great suggestions and followed through on everything she said she was going to do - without me needing to remind her. Certainly a relief with everything else that goes into planning a wedding! Our engagement session was awesome and really gave us the opportunity to "practice" together for the big day. Melissa worked so hard to put us at ease that my husband (fiance at the time) and I were really able to just get lost in the moment with each other, often forgetting that she was taking pictures of us at all. To this date, our engagement pictures are some of our favorites. Melissa also helped coordinate the hire of our 2nd photographer who was just as creative and awesome as she is. Melissa communicated everything we wanted and needed directly to him - one less person for me to worry about contacting! They worked really well together on the day of our wedding and their images complimented each other really well. On the day of, Melissa was available as soon as I wanted her to be there and hung in there for the entire day! A considerably long time from getting ready in the morning to the end of the reception near midnight. Last but not least, Melissa worked super hard to get our wedding pictures back to us ASAP. We could not wait to see all of the pictures captured over the course of the day...and we didn't have to wait long. In less than a month (she's usually even faster than that...we just had so many images!) the pictures were up on the website and discs in our hands. We highly recommend Melissa Marie Photography to any bride and groom out there looking for an intimate experience with their photographer. You will not be disappointed! After it's all said and done, you pretty much just have your pictures and your own memories. Melissa was well worth every single penny...and quite reasonably priced at that!
From the moment we met Melissa we knew she was the photographer for our November 2009 wedding! She was punctual, Read more...
From the moment we met Melissa we knew she was the photographer for our November 2009 wedding! She was punctual, organized, flexible and knowledgeable. She put us at ease right away with her calm and cheerful demeanor and we left feeling like we were "people" to her...not just "clients." Over the course of the upcoming months Melissa immediately responded to emails and questions asked of her. She gave great suggestions and followed through on everything she said she was going to do - without me needing to remind her. Certainly a relief with everything else that goes into planning a wedding! Our engagement session was awesome and really gave us the opportunity to "practice" together for the big day. Melissa worked so hard to put us at ease that my husband (fiance at the time) and I were really able to just get lost in the moment with each other, often forgetting that she was taking pictures of us at all. To this date, our engagement pictures are some of our favorites. Melissa also helped coordinate the hire of our 2nd photographer who was just as creative and awesome as she is. Melissa communicated everything we wanted and needed directly to him - one less person for me to worry about contacting! They worked really well together on the day of our wedding and their images complimented each other really well. On the day of, Melissa was available as soon as I wanted her to be there and hung in there for the entire day! A considerably long time from getting ready in the morning to the end of the reception near midnight. Last but not least, Melissa worked super hard to get our wedding pictures back to us ASAP. We could not wait to see all of the pictures captured over the course of the day...and we didn't have to wait long. In less than a month (she's usually even faster than that...we just had so many images!) the pictures were up on the website and discs in our hands. We highly recommend Melissa Marie Photography to any bride and groom out there looking for an intimate experience with their photographer. You will not be disappointed! After it's all said and done, you pretty much just have your pictures and your own memories. Melissa was well worth every single penny...and quite reasonably priced at that! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Melissa was AMAZING! We received so many compliments about her professionalism even before anyone had seen the photos.

She was great at getting group shots even when they involved way too many people :) and somehow got everyone to look great in every photo.

Another HUGE plus was that we got the link to our online gallery before we even returned from the honeymoon! We had friends who waited almost a year to get their photos back, so we were psyched!

Any bride and groom would be lucky to have Melissa as their photographer!
Melissa was AMAZING! We received so many compliments about her professionalism even before anyone had seen the Read more...
Melissa was AMAZING! We received so many compliments about her professionalism even before anyone had seen the photos.

She was great at getting group shots even when they involved way too many people :) and somehow got everyone to look great in every photo.

Another HUGE plus was that we got the link to our online gallery before we even returned from the honeymoon! We had friends who waited almost a year to get their photos back, so we were psyched!

Any bride and groom would be lucky to have Melissa as their photographer! Read less
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Mjones
Wedding:
9/19/2009
5.0/5.0
Melissa by far exceeded my expectations. She was extremely professional, kind, and available throughout the whole wedding process. My pictures were absolutely perfect in every way possible. I would recommend her to anyone!
Melissa by far exceeded my expectations. She was extremely professional, kind, and available throughout the whole wedding Read more...
Melissa by far exceeded my expectations. She was extremely professional, kind, and available throughout the whole wedding process. My pictures were absolutely perfect in every way possible. I would recommend her to anyone! Read less
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